N’Golo Kante is a French national but at 24 years old has never had a call-up for the France team at any level. Now, with Euro 2016 looming around the corner, he is about to get his first taste of international football and it is all down to the success he has enjoyed at Leicester City.
The Foxes have been having the time of their lives in the Premier League this season and are writing one of the greatest stories in football history. One of the main authors of this story has been Kante, who has been the stand-out holding midfielder in the league during Leicester’s onslaught on the established hierarchy. Many fans will now be eager to pick up tickets to the King Power Stadium from sites like www.ticketgum.com to see how this fairy-tale season ends.
The £5.6million signing was Claudio Ranieri’s first of the summer and what a lucrative deal that has turned out to be. The midfield pairing of Kante and Danny Drinkwater has been outstanding and has helped Leicester get to their current position. In comparison, Manchester United spent around £38million on Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the summer – both of whom have failed to make an impact at Old Trafford. It is clear which team got the better deal and, ironically, it looks as though Kante will now force Schneiderlin out of the France starting XI.
Kante and Paul Pogba would form a formidable pairing in midfield for France at the Euros if Didier Descamps decides that is how the team will line up. The Leicester midfielder leads the Premier League statistics by a long way in interceptions and tackles won. His hunger and ferocity to win the ball back in the centre of the park has been key to much of Leicester’s counter-attacks this season, as the Frenchman wins the ball back and then looks to move it quickly to Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
Kante has been the obvious choice for many to partner Pogba in France’s strong looking squad for the Euros. National squad selectors would be wise to take into account form when picking their squads for the competition.
As the Foxes continue their push for the league title, their players will build up more momentum that could propel them into starting positions for their respective countries. Vardy has already had a taste of football at international level after his early season success and that continued form could see him partnering Harry Kane up front in the upcoming competition. There is also a strong argument for including Marc Albrighton while at the same time there is a debate about Danny Drinkwater.
The fact that these players are being considered by international managers to play on the world stage is testimony to how much Leicester have achieved this season. And if they can bring the same magic to their national teams, they may just find that they are some of the most sought after players in the world in the summer.